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GPS Laboratory

The GPS Laboratory studies and builds systems for vehicle navigation and attitude determination.

Since the GPS satellite navigation system became operational in 1993, there is increasing interest in an array of applications for this technology. Specific Stanford accomplishments to date include: the demonstration of attitude determination with GPS in aircraft and spacecraft; the demonstration of centimeter-level accuracy in aircraft navigation during automatic landings; the demonstration of meter-level accuracy over continental areas using wide area differential techniques; the demonstration of the use of GPS for precision farming and open-pit mining; and the demonstration of precision formation flight. In addition, the laboratory has been instrumental in the design of the new three-frequency signals for future GPS satellites, and expects to be a leader in the development of this capability.